Blackhawks top Golden Knights in Game 4, avoid sweep in West First Round


Corey Crawford made 48 saves, and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Sunday.

Drake Caggiula, Matthew Highmore and Alex DeBrincat scored for the No. 8 seed Blackhawks, who trail 3-1 in the best-of-7 series. Game 5 is in Edmonton, the Western hub city, on Tuesday.

Crawford, who missed all but the final day of training camp after testing positive for COVID-19, has played in every playoff game, including four in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers series against the Edmonton Oilers. The 35-year-old made 25 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Golden Knights in Game 3 on Saturday in the first game of the back-to-back. 

Shea Theodore scored, and Robin Lehner made 22 saves for the Golden Knights, the No. 1 seed, who lost for the first time in seven postseason games (6-1-0).

Lehner, who won Games 1 and 2, lost his first game with the Golden Knights, who acquired him from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 24 after the Blackhawks traded him to the Maple Leafs earlier that day. Lehner is 4-1 in five postseason starts; he was 3-0-0 in three regular-season games before the pause. 

Caggiula scored on a snapshot from the slot to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead at 4:08 of the first period, marking the first time in the series the Blackhawks held a lead.

Highmore made it 2-0 when his shot from along the goal line at the bottom of the left face-off circle deflected off the mask of Lehner at 13:40.

Theodore scored on a slap shot from the right point through a screen to cut the lead to 2-1 at 13:58.

DeBrincat scored into an empty net with 11 seconds remaining in the third period for the 3-1 final.

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